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Idols: Local is lucky

2010-09-20 07:55

This week I had the pleasure (yes, pleasure) of attending the live Friday night recording of Sunday’s Idols show. It's totally different to what you experience on TV at home. While no amount of crowd support and fanfare can disguise a shaky voice, it can do a lot to turn a good singer into a great performer.

Maybe it’s the vibe of the crowd, maybe it’s our crappy television speakers, but being there, seeing the Idols perform live is the best way to experience this reality competition. For the first time in season six, I’m excited about some of these wannabes. The contestants performed South African tracks in the evening's Homebrew theme, and they all seemed to exude pride and love for local music. It was totally sincere, and it makes me think we shouldn't even have a theme like this: Contestants should be singing SA music every week.

Guest judge Tumi from Gang of Instrumentals was cute, charming and her criticisms were honest yet polite.  Maybe the entire judging panel should be made up of guest judges – at least they won't throw tantrums.

Before filming began, Mara walked up to the judging booth with an escort and a brace on her left foot. She broke her toe the night before. She must have forgotten to bring along her pain meds as her generally mislik mood was in high gear. She refused to comment on Elvis’s performance because of the rowdy crowd to her right (and then it was cut out of the TV edit!). How unprofessional.  

Let's rate this week's performances.

Pieter: 3/10
Why did no one tell Pieter he’s tone deaf? False notes, missed lyrics and a constipated expression added to this horrendous cover of Jesse Clegg’s Today. Gareth says he looks the part. The part of what - a loser? Ugh.

Jamie-Lee: 5/10
Jamie-Lee performed Clout’s Save Me. A cry to her fans for votes perhaps? It was definitely an improvement on previous performances, but the aired version didn’t do her live performance justice. Randall says she’s cabaret; she does look like a young Liza Minelli.

Elvis: 7/10
A different shade of Destiny. Elvis rocked the afro right out of Malaika’s hit, but it was awesome nonetheless. I’m still not sure about the black nail polish, but Elvis is most definitely a rock star and a competent singer. This was also his best performance to date.

Adeline: 6/10
Okay okay, I’m just jealous of Adeline. She’s so much more beautiful, svelte and sweet in real life. Her song, Nianell’s Who Painted The Moon was well delivered and as Randall said, completely sincere. Talk about being a complete package. Just a pity that ProVerb screwed up the bit about Gareth, NOT Randall, convincing Adeline to enter.

Boki: 8/10
He’s going to be our next Loyiso. His deep yet careful rendition of Liquideep’s Fairytale pierced my heart. When he hit that high note, it got my vote. Or maybe it’s that sultry look in his eye. Or maybe it’s just that he’s so damn smooth! I wish him a fairytale ending in this competition.

Jess: 4/10
I’m tired of feeling sorry for Jess. She’s lovely, yes, but she has pitch issues every week. In addition to this flat performance of Just Jinjer‘s What He Means, her fellow Idols have been just too much better to keep her safe this week. It’s time to say goodbye and go make friends with Georgie Mabbett.

Sindi:  5/10
Always one step behind the band, Sindi’s song choice of Mango Groove’s Moments Away was very apt. Her voice is strong, I just don’t think it’s particularly suited to pop music.

Lloyd: 9/10
Save the best for last. Lloyd is fantastic, no doubt about it. But Tumi said it best: “You jumped off that stage and into my heart”. I really don’t like the Parlotones' Push Me To The Floor, but I love Lloyd singing it.

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